Exercise for elderly and people with disabilities

Exercise is for EVERY body. According to government official statistics, there are over 11 million people with a limiting long term illness, impairment or disability in the UK. The most commonly-reported impairments are those that affect mobility, lifting or carrying.

UK government guidelines recommend that all adults, including those with disabilities, get at least 150 minutes — 2.5 hours — of moderate aerobic physical activity each week. These benefits are even more important if you have a disability, since people with disabilities have a tendency to live less active lifestyles.

The prevalence of disability rises with age. Around 6% of children are disabled, compared to 16% of working age adults and 45% of adults over State Pension age.

Disabled people remain significantly less likely to participate in cultural, leisure and sporting activities than non-disabled people

Our service:

Be Fit Today provides qualified and DBS cleared trainers for our clients who are elderly or with disabilities. We visit at home or residential care homes, and whereever is convenient for our them.

After an initial assessment, our client is prescribed activities to suit their ability or disability levels. The activities are progressed over time through feedback from monitoring assessments as guide.

Activities range from fun games like boccia, darts and skittles, to very simple to more complex limb movements, which may be aided depending on the ability. Sessions are group or individual, and generally last for 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the specific requirements.

 

What are the benefits of being active daily?

� Engages and stimulates the brain

� Reduces risk of a range of diseases, e.g. coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes •

� Helps maintain a healthy weight •

� Helps maintain ability to perform everyday tasks with ease •

� Improves self-esteem •

� Reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety

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